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it was powerful enough to tear the roofs off, uproot trees and leave thousands without power. two people were injured but luckily, everyone survived. >> heard it coming so i dashed through the bathroom and the front of my apartment exploded on me and i was hanging onto the door frame and literally off the floor. >> reporter: further inland today the state was dealing with snow and flood warnings. in virginia, high winds caused this tractor-trailer to flip on to its side on interstate 77. traffic backed up for miles. areas north and west continued to be hit by snow. in michigan accumulations from the storm reached nearly a foot
in some areas, causing hundreds of accidents and at least one death. and in ohio, parts of that state are dealing with half a foot of snow dumped by this storm. and now the big concern is the northeast. beyond the snow, much of the region is getting hit with extremely heavy rains that are expected to freeze as temperatures drop overnight. authorities are concerned that black ice could be a major problem for tens of millions of road travelers tomorrow. as for air travelers, high winds threatened cancellations throughout the region, leaving millions of americans wondering if they will see their loved ones this thanksgiving. so let's get the latest on the storm from meteorologist chad myers in the cnn weather center. let's start with airports and roads. what is going on out there? >> i can tell you the most often said comment today or question, are we there yet? because i have an 8-year-old and i can't tell you how many times
i've heard that. 5,200 planes still in the air at this hour. and let me tell you, that's a lot for the day before thanksgiving, that's a lot for any wednesday because planes aren't where they need to be just yet. a lot of delays still in philadelphia. at least a couple hours for most of these planes, cancelled, cancelled on a couple planes there and we get to the word delayed. and i can take you page after page and now we're just to the point where planes aren't coming in on time so there is no way the next plane is going to go out on time. laguardia, jfk, newark and montreal, clearing the way because it's snowing there as well into atlanta and canada seeing quite a bit of snow. this is the deal you just talked about. what happens when all of this rain, that's a puddle on the side of the roadway, freezes tonight? if you look and you're driving home and you see a puddle, john,
just assume it's frozen because that's what is going to happen when the temperatures dip below 32. that's where they are going now because the temperatures are falling with the sun just going away, skies are actually clearing in some spots, and that's a bad thing because i can show you what it looks like -- this is atlanta. what a beautiful shot of atlanta right through there. the ferris going in atlanta. temperatures down to 20 degrees in a lot of georgia tonight. that ferris wheel might have been a lot more fun today with the winds blowing 40 miles per hour. 38, the highest gust in new york city right now. the big story, the question is what is it going to be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. or 10:0 0 a.m. so far the computers have backed off a little. yesterday we had 34, which is right on the edge of no balloons. right now, the forecast is for 27, so that is low enough so on that snoopy can fly. >> chad, thank you very much. there is no good answer to the question, are we there yet? although chad brought it up, the
question tonight is whether the balloons, the balloons will fly in tomorrow's macy's thanksgiving parade. there are straight rules and regarding this. in 2005, a balloon drafted out of control injuring spectators. it was scary. not the first time something like that happened. gary tuchman, a few blocks away from our studio in new york. gary has the latest on the balloons, what's the latest word, gary? >> reporter: john, one of the best-kept secrets for the thanksgiving day parade, those who want to see the balloons in person, the parade is not the best place to do it. the best place is right here. right now the night before where they inflate them. thousands of people come out every year on a night like this they are out here to enjoy seeing the balloons being blown up and i'm next to the oldest balloon in the parade, 40 feet tall, snoopy and woodstock, they have been flying it since 1976 since the bicentennial.
and hopefully they will fly it tomorrow. you talked about what happened in 2005. in 1997, something even worse happened. five blocks from where i'm standing, a cat in the hat balloon hit a light pole and the light pole fell on top of a women and krirlly -- critically injured her but she survived but was in a coma for a few weeks. i also want to show you what else is here. this is not one of the 16 big balloons. this is a pumpkin, this will fly because it's small. behind the pumpkin, i'll take you back here, sonic the hedgehog here. i'll tell you about the rules. if the winds are sustained at 23 miles per hour or more and gusts are 34 miles per hour or more, the balloons are not permitted to fly. the nose by itself. the nose by itself is 5 feet long. that shows you how big the balloons are. if those conditions are not met, if the winds are higher than those amounts, the balloons are not allowed to fly like chad says. but it appears the winds will be
lower and the balloons will be able to fly. one more look i want to give you something else interesting i bet you do not know. this is the aflac duck and it's tall. it looks like a balloon but it's a balloon that will ride in a vehicle. therefore the aflac duck will be in the parade no matter what because it's a balloonicle. so 16 balloons. we hope they fly tomorrow. right now we're hopeful the parade will go on with the macy's famous balloons. >> so they will have pumpkins and balloonicles no matter what and we're counting on the wind conditions. if they do fly, there is safety procedures that go along with them. cops walking with each balloon and the like. >> reporter: well, there are 70 to 100 handlers for every one of the balloons. do the math. 16 balloons times 100, that's 1,600 people, up to that very men and women, who watch them carefully. it's orchestrated and very careful. that's why they have these rules
about the balloons. this morning, we didn't think the balloons will go and now the expectations are the balloons will go because the forecasts are more optimistic. >> you have the best seat in the house tonight. thanks for being with us. macy's retired the underdog balloon a few years ago but chances are we know a true life underdog. what you may not realize is it can actually be powerful. up next, anderson's interview with writer malcolm who says there are advantages to being among the disadvantaged. also ahead, a new delay for obama care raising more questions about the website.
so while you're waiting for your turkey to cook, here is something to debate with family and friends. does the underdog actually have the advantage in life? have we been getting it wrong all along? writer malcolm gladwell thinks so. it's the topic of his new book. anderson cooper spoke to him for this report. >> when we look at battles between lopsided parties, we exaggerate the strength of the favorite and we underestimate the strength of the underdog. >> reporter: malcolm gladwell believes underdogs win more often than we think because limitations force them to be creative. david couldn't slay goliath and with a sword but with his sling, he could be deadly at a distance. and malcolm says there is plenty of modern research to explain why. >> i had a conversation with
this ballistics experts who had done the math and pointed out that the projectile, the rock from david's sling was moving at about 45 miles an hour and would have hit goliath with the speed of a .45 caliber handgun. >> how do you find an israeli ballistics expert who had done this study? >> there was a paper about seven year ago at a conference. it was at the international ballistics conference. >> how did you hear about international ballistics conference? >> if you're as much of a nerd as i am, this is the kind of stuff you get interested in. >> this is what you do? >> this is what i do. >> gladwell has done has made him hugely popular and very wealthy. his new book, "david and goliath" topped the new york's bestseller's list. >> when you're an underdog, you would attempt things you have never attempted.
david felt emboldened to try something outside the box. that's a pattern you see again and again with underdogs that because they can't do the thing they are required to do, they look for alternate routes. >> reporter: he wrote about the successful strategies of underdogs after meeting this man. what interested gladwell wasn't software but how he coached his 12-year-old daughter's basketball team, seen here in white, even though he knew nothing about the game. growing up in india, did you play basketball? >> i never touched a basketball in my life. >> reporter: never touched one? >> never touched one. when i went to coach my daughter's team, i never touched a basketball physically. >> reporter: his lack of knowledge about basketball wasn't the only obstacle. his daughter's team had absolutely no talent. >> the girls on your basketball team, they weren't tall? >> no. >> could they dribble? >> couple of them. >> could they shoot? >> not very well. >> did they have a long experience playing basketball?
>> for the most part, most so he relied on his mathematics talent and devised a computer algorithm that turned out to be a winning formula for his girls. the strategy, force the other team to turn over the ball. >> he says, look, we're not going to bother practicing dribbling. it's pointless. we're not going to practice dribbling. i'm going to teach them to i'm going to teach them to run around like this the entire game and play the best defense known to man and score and by shooting the ball and shooting layups, that's it. >> it didn't matter my girls couldn't shoot as well. if i could get the ball under the basket and if i could win the turnover battle, then i could win the game. >> ronadeva girls played a never-ending full-court press. they won every regular season game. your daughter's opponents weren't used to playing basketball like this? >> no, no. in fact, their coaches were not used to playing that way.
>> they didn't like it? >> they didn't like it. one guy, big guy was so upset, he said he wanted to meet me in the parking lot after the game. >> he wanted to beat you up? >> he wanted to meet me in the parking lot, so -- >> ron's underdogs made it all the way to the state championships. you clearly started to like basketball after that? >> i did. i did. i ended up falling in love with the game. >> and you're still a software ceo of a multibillion dollar company but i understand you recently made a big purchase? >> i did. i bought the sacramento kings. >> you bought an nba basketball team? >> i did. >> an underdog's disadvantages can be converted into advantages and believes that's just as true. gary cone is one of gladwell's favorite examples. >> i was a troubled student as a young child. and at that period, this was the early '60s, the world of dyslexia had not been as developed as it is today.
i don't think anyone knew how to diagnose the problem. >> he couldn't do school. he acted up in class, got kicked out, his mother thought he would never graduate from high school. when he graduated from high school, his mother cried. why? because it was a day she thought would never come. >> reporter: he has difficulty reading but he's figured out ways to work around his disability, skills that led him to the president's office at goldman sachs. >> an incredible high percentage of successful entrepreneurs is dyslexic. they joke among dyslexic researchers that you go into a room of very successful business people and show of hands on how many have a learning disability, half the hands in the room go up. it's fascinating. >> reporter: although dyslexia remains a challenge for many people, cone figured out a way to overcome it. his disability forced him to become a good listener and unafraid to take chances.
>> people that can't read well, we tend to build a great sense of listening. we also tend to build a great sense of being able to deal and cope with failure. >> this is not something you would wish on anybody else? >> no, i would not. >> reporter: gladwell is fascinated with people who achieve success by forging their own path, perhaps because that's what he's done. he's a staff writer for "the new yorker" magazine, but he doesn't actually have an office. he writes in small cafes in new york and does most of his research in a library where he hunts out academic papers and minds them for interesting counterintuitive ideas. david of "the new yorker" calls him an original. >> there are people that cover science. there are people that cover business. there are people that cover trends, but this strange reading academic journals, interviewing ordinary people, thinking, story telling, this is something that malcolm really -- that was a territory he carved out for himself. >> what do you think he's interested in achieving?
is that he's got an opinion and wants everyone to agree with it? >> actually the opposite. i think what he's interested in is testing and pressing against received wisdom. most of the time, what we think of our ideas about the world, it's received wisdom. we've read them. we've assumed it's correct. we don't have time to test everything. >> gladwell's testing made him a goliath in the world of publishing. but he began as an underdog. not a particularly strong student, his upbringing in rural he ontario, canada, was, a bit odd. >> we had no tv. we had no stereo. we never went to the movies. we never even went out to dinner. i think we -- we once went out to dinner like in sort of the mid '70s, found the experience not to our liking and we didn't go back. >> not to your liking. what you're describing is a childhood from the '30s. >> i read a lot of books.
i thought i had a fabulous childhood. i mean, i would sometimes get bored and my mother would say, it's important to be bored. you're giving your brain a rest. >> reporter: his jamaican-born mother is a family therapist and his english father, a math professor. gladwell says being biracial and feeling like an outsider gives him a perspective. >> we moved to england and moved to canada where we were outsiders and i moved to america where i'm kind of an outsider. i feel like i've constantly been in the situation of shaking my head and thinking, this is a strange place. >> reporter: gladwell finds america's obsession with ivy league colleges strange. you moron! he argues the schools can actually be disadvantages for ivy league schools. he went to the university of toronto and says he's better off for it. >> i have a massive chip on my shoulder. i went to a state school in canada. are you kidding me? i come to new york and people that went to harvard and yale are mentioning that in every second sentence.
it drives me crazy. i have taken it upon myself -- >> reporter: i went to yale. >> i know that. but you haven't mentioned it till now. >> i never mention it. i really don't. he says the assumption students should go to the most prestigious school they could get into is simply wrong. >> if you go to a school where the other students in your class are brilliant, you run the risk are brilliant, you run the risk ingof mistakenly believe yourself to not be a good student. >> reporter: even if? >> even if you are, right? if you're last in your class at harvard, it doesn't feel like you're a good student, even though you really are. it's not smart for everyone to want to go to a great school. >> reporter: so if you had a child, would you want them to go to harvard? >> no, of course not. i'd want them to go to state school in canada where their tuition would be $4,000 a year. if harvard is $60,000 and university of toronto where i went to school is maybe 6. so you're telling me that an education is ten times better at
harvard than it is at university of toronto? that seems ridiculous to me. >> reporter: he doesn't like to talk about money, but gladwell earns millions from books and lectures. in person, however, there's little sign of his wealth. he lives alone in greenwich village two floors i of a walkup is brown stone. the self-described hermit, he doesn't even have a doorbell. >> i don't want a doorbell. i don't want anyone ringing my doorbell. it seems to be intrusive. >> reporter: when people come visit, what do they do? >> call me on their cell phone. >> reporter: for all his success, on the streets of new york he's nearly invisible, his signature curls bobbing above the crowd. >> people assume with my hair long that i'm a lot cooler than i actually am. it's a misconception. i'm not opposed. but it is a misconception. thank you for buying six books. >> reporter: at 50, malcolm gladwell reached a level of success not many others will.
histories previous first six books have sold an estimated 5 million copies. the first book was published 13 years ago but remains on the new york time's bestseller's list. his fans fill lecture halls and companies pay big money to hear about his lectures. >> how do you get to be the big person who is indifferent to what everyone around you is saying? you get to be that person if you have been through the absolute worst the world can throw at you and come out fine, right? >> reporter: while readers find his writing accessible and perceptive, his critics say -- his conclusions can be formlaic and obvious. >> i'm not afraid of the obvious. i think the really obvious questions are the great ones. >> reporter: you're a superstar in the world of publishing and you have a lot of people gunning for you, a lot of people would probably like to see you fail with a book. you don't feel like a goliath? >> well, i'm not blubbering, am i? i try not to think too much about what has happened in my career and draw too many conclusions about it. i think it's always best if you
pretend that you're exactly the same as you always were. and i'm perhaps as befuddled by my success as my critics are. so in that sense, i see eye-to-eye with them. when they say i can't believe he did this, i say, i can't believe he did that either. how on earth did that happen? >> it's got to be a wonderful surprise. coming up, to heaven and back. a woman who claims she died, left this world, and then returned. what she says she saw. first, another setback for obama care. a new change for the health care law. stay with us.
developing stories. stephanie elam has 360 news and business bulletin. stephanie? >> good evening, john. the philippine government saying now ten million people were impacted by the supertyphoon earlier this month. more than 1700 are still missing. another delay for obama care. small businesses won't be able to purchase coverage for their workers through the healthcare.gov website until next year, november 2014. instead, they'll have to use a broker or agent. this comes just days before the website is supposed to be running more efficiently after a disastrous debut. there may be something in space tomorrow. a massive comet about two-thirds of a mile wide is speeding towards the sun. one scientist gives it a 30% chance of survival. and at the white house, the annual tradition, the turkey pardon. >> the office of the presidency, the most powerful position in
the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. this is not one of them. 80 turkeys on john's farm competed to stay off the thanksgiving table. it was, quite literally, "the hunger games." >> well, the honor went this year to popcorn but caramel was also spared. voting took place online. and across the pond, prince william steps up to the mike to sing "living on a prayer" with taylor swift and bon jovi. they are rocking it out! check it out. it took place at kensington palace. now there is a memory and something you can do any time you're a future king and get on the stage and rock out if you want to at your own event. >> i wonder if he takes requests? neil diamond, "you don't bring me flowers," something like
that? >> that's the song you'd want to hear out of all of the songs? >> i want him to do a duet with celine dion. "you don't bring me flowers." >> i like how your mind works, john. >> stephanie elam, thank you. up next, people who have had near-death experiences and feeli seeing god and the presence of heaven, only to return to earth. a man worked for the u.s. military as an interpreter and for that a price was put on his head.
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because it was a mixture, i think, of absolute shock and the sense of oh, now what do we do? we're in the middle of nowhere. when they looked up, two chilean young men just appeared. they actually never said anything and no one ever said anything to them but they picked me up and put me on top of a kayak to carry me and one picked up the boat and another guy started chopping a path to the bamboo. when they emerged from the bamboo to the dirt road, there
was an ambulance waiting there. >> reporter: not a common sighting in that area, i take it? >> no, there are no ambulances. >> reporter: you write in the book, it wasn't just one miracle, it was a constellation of miracles. >> the fact is, when you line up every single coincidence, you start to realize that you can't write everything off as a coincidence. i was in the hospital for five or six weeks. i absolutely felt like i was neither here nor there. i then, again, felt myself back in heaven and god's world. i was in this incredible field. again, it was the same experience of intensity, but i was having this conversation with jesus. >> reporter: so if i'm hearing
you correctly, you're having a conversation with jesus? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what are you asking him? >> we talk more about reasons i had been sent back. it had to do with my husband's health. so, when a couple of our friends died from unexpected causes, i then pushed my husband to have his heart checked, and it was on this heart scan that they ended up finding this lung legion that was malignant. >> reporter: how serious was it? >> had it not been found, he probably would not be here. >> so one person who was not part of our special report on sunday, but who claims to have had a near death experience, is mary jo rapini, a psychotherapist who formally worked as a hospice nurse. in that role she attended patients that claimed they experienced heaven or god. she thought they were
hallucinating but mary jo says her life changed profoundly when she suffered a severe brain aneurysm and she joins us. mary jo, you say you had a near death experience ten years ago. what happened? >> first of all, there is a light and it's -- it was in my right hand far side corner, and its an unusual light. it's not a human light. it was quite small and grew larger and before i knew what was really happening, i was in it, and it's a limited area, many refer to it as a tunnel and i think the reason is because you're aware that it is limited. it was very warm, very loving, and before i -- as i was going toward the tunnel, i remember looking back at -- over my shoulder, i, you know, your eyes work differently and i saw my body. i just wasn't attached to it.
i didn't -- i didn't have any regret. i was loved. i was secure, and then i came into this other room, and it was incredible. i was in the presence of what i believe is my creator. it was onipitent intelligence and held me and called me by my name and it said you can't stay. those are the very first words, and they -- you know, i didn't see god's face but he talked to me. and i protested. i wanted to stay. i felt really bad and i asked why not? and this omnipotent being said, let me ask you one thing, have you ever loved anyone the way you've been loved here? and the love there is not this love. it's not a human love. and i responded no, it's impossible.
i'm a human. and it held me very tight and it said you can do better. >> what do you say to skeptics out there? because you know people will look at this and say, look, it's been in the movies, it's been in books, people seeing the light, the tunnel. maybe it was a dream. maybe you dreamed something you heard before repeatedly. >> well, what i say to the skeptics is i embrace you. i am a skeptic. i was a skeptic. i -- i'm trained in the sciences. i'm a nurse. i'm a psychotherapist. i'm married to a physician. we risk -- i risk my credibility having this happened to me. it's not a dream. i'm hoping i'm on the team that researches these things, that tries to understand them, and i know they want to call it a dream. i know they want to call it hypoxy, maybe you don't have enough oxygen in your blood or maybe that part of brain was stimulated, yes, maybe, but at the same time when you talk to everyone who had one, including
me, who i'm very -- i'm scientific in my thought, i'm professional, i'm telling you, it is a real thing. >> mary jo rapini, thank you. you have a remarkable story to tell. thank you for being with us. appreciate it. >> thank you. up next, a story of heroism in afghanistan in service of the u.s. army but that service nearly cost a young man his life when the taliban put him on a kill list. that's when american soldier sprang into action to help. this part... makes my eyes blue... i might have an increased risk of heart disease... gallstones... hemochromatosis... i'll look into that. the more you know about your dna, the more you know about yourself... now i know. know more about your health. go to 23andme.com and order your dna kit for only 99 dollars today. learn hundreds of things about your health at 23andme.com
tonight on the eve of thanks, a young man from afghanistan is settling into his new life in the united states with his wife and two children. his name is janice shenweary. when him and his family arrived in the united states they were greeted by matt zeller. they considered each other brothers. for good reason. they served together in afghanistan. janice worked as captain zeller's interpreter and at one point saved his life. the men developed such a close bond that when zeller returned stateside he vowed to help him secure a visa to stay here.
they are off followed by the al qaeda. janis found out he was on a taliban kill list so it was imperative for him to leave but he almost didn't get here, due to a trick played by the taliban. anderson recently spoke to the two men. >> i think this is such an important story because this has happened to -- so many people have worked for the united states in afghanistan and iraq. it happened to folks who worked for the united states in vietnam and back then, you know, we said this will never happen again. we'll take care of those people who helped the united states and yet again, we're not taking care of people who helped us in iraq and afghanistan. take me back to how you met janice. >> my 15-man unit and i got ambushed by about 45 members of the taliban and we had been pinned down, an hour in the firefight i ran out of grenades or i should say running out of bull lets. and i thought this is it. i'm going to probably die on this hillside. sort of out of a movie script, a the last possible moment, a qrf, quit reaction force, the cavalry
arrived and he was in the first vehicle. i didn't know it but he actually jumped out into the fox hole i was in. i felt someone next to me but i didn't realize it was him and i heard the unmistakable sound of an ak-47 going off next to my head and i turned and it's janis shooting these two taliban fighters dead. if he wasn't there covering my back and didn't have my six, i wouldn't be sitting here talking to you right now. they would have shot me right then and there. >> what happened once matt and the team left? the taliban came for you. >> yeah, when matt's team left afghanistan, literally, i found out that my name was added to the taliban kill list. >> they knew what you had done. they knew you were working with the americans? >> yeah. . he was the intelligence officer and investigating them and i was translating and at that time i didn't cover my face and everybody knew me. >> some translators covered their face for their protection?
>> most of them. i didn't. because i'm not scare from them and i want them to scare from me. when matt left the other unit and the intelligence officer, he personally told me that my name was added to the taliban kill list and i had to leave. when i came to kabul, the taliban came to my house and wanted me to come out. my father told them he's not at home. the next morning i called my wife and my son to leave home and stay with my father-in-law for a couple days until we solve this problem. >> it wasn't just an empty threat. they were calling you, leaving night letters? >> yeah. in each letter, they were threatening my life and mentioning in each letter that all the interpreters, they are trader of islam and not muslim people and if they catch us, they will kill us. >> you were approved to come to the united states but in the last minute that was stopped. >> yes.
after two years of fight, on 3 of september 2013, my visa was issued. after two weeks, when i sold everything, i went to say good-bye to my family members, to my relatives. i got a call from the embassy and they told me you cannot fly to the united states due to some issue with your visa. >> they sat on his visa for almost two years and do this to try to compel them to do the right thing. we decided to go to the press and started an online petition that gives them notice and then the press reported this hero interpreter got his visa. now let's get him to the u.s. the taliban read that and tried to kill him and they realized they would miss the opportunity and the only way to keep him in afghanistan they called in a bogus tip about him alleging he was a bad guy. the state department took two years of back work and tossed it out on one anonymous tip. >> it's unbelievable. two years of facing death threats to you, probably to your
family as well, for this -- for the u.s. government to make up its mind and then to toss it out. so how did you finally get here? >> a lot of people told me that's it, he'll never get to come here. i'm maybe too stubborn and refuse to accept no for an answer and, quite frankly, i owe him. he's like another soldier. he saved my life. i have to pay this back. so i went back to the media but i also then contacted members of congress. in order to definitively prove he's not a bad guy, the cia polygraphed him twice in afghanistan, which is unprecedented. >> it's just short sided. there is going to be other involvements and places where the united states need people to help and needs support and every time we fail to follow through in our promises helping people, it makes it harder the next time. >> i mean, after it took five years to get him here, that's not the right standard. >> what do you think of the united states? >> it's very nice. i feel very safe. no more fear of taliban. >> were you able to bring your family?
>> i'm with my family, my wife and my two kids, but i have some family behind. >> but you were able to bring your wife and kids? >> yeah. >> okay. >> yeah. >> well, i'm glad you're here and i wish the process had not taken so long and i wish it wouldn't take so long for others and thank you for your service. >> thanks for having us. it's an honor. >> janis and his family came here with just the clothes on their back. a fund is set up to help them get established here in the united states. if you want to make a donation, go to the web address at the bottom of your screen. good cause. "the ridiculist" is next.
it is time now for "the ridiculist." and since it is thanksgiving eve, i thought we would take a moment to reflect on the holiday. there are so many wonderful traditions this time of year, cornucopia of warm feelings, the president pardons a turkey, families gather together in gratitude for one another and if we're very, very lucky, jose canseco gets pulled over with diaper-wearing goats in the back of his vehicle. this is a thanksgiving miracle. so the former baseball star actually posted this on twitter
a couple weeks ago, quote, just got pulled over with goats in the car, the cop laughed at our poor goats. awesome. i know there are too many questions here. let's start with the diapers shall we? jose tweeted, quote, "everyone, my girlfriend layla and i bought fainting goats and they were in the car with diapers so they don't [ bleep ] and [ bleep ] everywhere. it does make perfect sense when you go and get your fainting goats, you got to pamper them. but see, this is a prime example of how jose's feed is a riddle, a philosophical black hole every answer leads to another question. for example, what exactly is a fainting goat? i never heard of it before but as it turns out, it is, indeed, a thing. "national geographic explain.
>> fainting goats are indigenous to north america because they never lose consciousness when they keel over. if they are startled, a genetic condition causes their muscles to lock up, but it only lasts a few moments and then they are back on their feet. until the next time they are spooked. >> so i guess that's solves the mystery of why jose wanted fainting goats, because they are awesome. also apparently jose and his girlfriend have somewhat of a small zoo. they already have four dogs, turtles and the fainting goats named cocoa and chanel. that is according to canseco's twitter. whatever, i'm hung up on the fact there is a goat that falls over when it's startled and gets right back up again. i always thought it was only reporters who do that. >> the goats will be here through saturday and they are friendly. from the manatee county fair, linda carson, abc 7 -- would you not eat my pants. ah! [ laughter ] >> what a wonderful world we
live in. happy thanksgiving, everyone. to reporters on the county fair, to goats both fainting and regular, and especially to jose canseco, his girlfriend, and cocoa and chanel, happy thanksgiving from us all on "the ridiculist." that does it for this edition of "360." thanks for watching. crisis averted! millions of travelers making their way home for the holiday, but will the real stars of thanksgiving, the pg-rated inflatable ones, will they fly high or will they be grounded? >> a house of horrors. new details emerging. three young sisters held captive for two years. abuse from their parents. are the